Facebook to crack down on game invitationsComplaints over Candy Crush Saga invites spurred CEO Mark Zuckerberg to actionMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefThursday 29th October 2015Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleFacebookFacebook has pledged to refine the way its users receive game notifications, prompted by an huge number of questions regarding unwelcome invites to play Candy Crush Saga.The company had set up a public vote to determine which questions CEO Mark Zuckerberg would answer during his visit to the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, India. According to a report on Business Insider, the top-voted question was: “I seriously don’t want any more invitations to Candy Crush Saga – how can I stop getting them?”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “There are some tools that are kind of outdated that allow people to send invitations to people who have never used a game, and have a gotten a lot of invitations in the past, but don’t play games on Facebook,” Zuckerberg said. “And we hadn’t prioritised shutting that down, but if this is the top thing that people care about, then we’ll prioritise that and we’ll do it.”Facebook has subsequently confirmed that it is exploring new processes that would ensure that such notifications are targeted only at relevant and engaged players.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesFacebook acquires Downpour InteractiveDeveloper of Early Access military shooter Onward joins Oculus Studios, will continue supporting non-Oculus VR platformsBy Brendan Sinclair 11 days agoFacebook Gaming creators have earned $50m in Stars in 2020Over 2000 creators are making more than $1,000 per month on the platformBy Rebekah Valentine 4 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Darlington’s throwback paint scheme fun adds an extra layer of spice this year as the top eight vote-getters for best paint scheme go head-to-head in a bracket format. If March Madness is college basketball’s favorite time of year, the pageant of paint schemes might be called Darlington Delirium.Voting is open in the first round of Southern 500 bracketology, so cast your ballot now. And of course discuss the seeding — our selection committee based it on the top eight in voting for Darlington’s Best in Show fan award through Aug. 15.RELATED: Vote for your four favorite schemesThe first round pits these eight looks honoring NASCAR’s past against each other as the theme for 2018 is “Seven Decades of NASCAR.”William Byron vs. Brad Keselowski: Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet will be wrapped by Sam Bass’s “Hot Summer Nights” design honoring Jeff Gordon’s rainbow car while Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford is a nod to Rusty Wallace’s 1990 ride.Chase Elliott vs. Matt DiBenedetto: Elliott’s No. 9 Chevrolet’s paint scheme honors his cousin, Casey Elliott. DiBenedetto’s pink-and-blue lightning bolt look for the No. 32 Ford hearkens back to Jeff Burton’s No. 99 car with Exide branding from 1996-2000.Derrike Cope vs. Jimmie Johnson: Cope’s No. 99 yellow-and-red Bojangles’ theme matches the current race sponsor and throws it back to the partnership’s start in 1993. Johnson’s No. 48 “Last Ride for Kobalt” paint scheme is a nod to the one he captured Hendrick Motorsports’ 200th win with in 2012 at Darlington.Kyle Busch vs. Clint Bowyer: Two current season heavyweights square off with Busch’s Ernie Irvan “Rainbow of Flavor” scheme on the No. 18 Toyota battling the No. 14 Ford’s tip of the hat to Ned Jarrett’s 1965 Ford Galaxie.RELATED: See all the throwback schemes | Buy tickets now!First-round voting will be open through Aug. 20. Those four winners will create the semifinal matchups, open to voting Aug. 21-25. Championship round voting will be open Aug. 26-31, with the winner being announced before the start of the Bojangles’ Southern 500 (2 p.m. ET Sept. 2, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
UK: Deutsche Bahn subsidiary DB Cargo UK has announced changes to its business model and proposals to eliminate 893 roles in response to what it says are ‘rapid and unprecedented changes’ in the freight market.The measures announced on October 17 include revising of the number and locations of operational sites, and further reductions in the locomotive and wagon fleets. No final decisions have been taken, and all proposals are subject to collective and individual consultations. The company said the rail freight industry was facing a ‘dramatic decline’ in core markets such as coal. Government energy policy had resulted in the early closure of coal-fired power stations, with reduced running hours planned at those which remain from 2023 and complete phase out of all UK coal-fired power plants is planned by 2025. In the first nine months of 2016 DB Cargo UK ran 1 353 coal trains, a 78% reduction on the 6 163 in the same period in 2015. UK steel volumes are also dropping at a much quicker rate than predicted, with the industry hit by high energy prices, the extra cost of climate change policies and competition from Asia. DB Cargo UK said there was ‘significant structural instability’ in the UK steel manufacturing sector, with closures and reductions in capacity. The number of steel trains run by DB Cargo UK in the first nine months was 5 820, down 33% from the 8 733 for the same period in 2015. However, the operator recognised that ‘overall UK steel demand remains stable’, adding that it was ‘continually exploring opportunities for growth within this important market sector’. ‘Responsible and successful businesses must evolve and reshape as their markets change and sometimes this means making tough decisions’, said DB Cargo UK Chief Executive Hans-Georg Werner on October 17. ‘Whilst this is a difficult time for all of us at DB Cargo UK, reshaping the company will enable us to build a business for the future and protect the majority of jobs. We are fully committed to supporting colleagues who may be at risk of redundancy. ‘We firmly believe in the future of rail freight in the UK. Our motorways and roads are becoming more congested and rail offers fast and clean supply chain solutions. Our new business strategy will ensure we are a perfect logistics partner of choice for customers across all sectors, including construction, automotive and intermodal, long into the future.’ DB Cargo UK said it was ‘proactively investing in key areas’, including the rollout of mobile devices to front line and management staff, and the launch of interactive applications to improve fuel efficiency. It plans to further enhance efficiency and service levels for its customers by introducing order-track-and-trace, end-to-end planning and proactive and pre-emptive service issue systems and technology.Responding to the announcement, Mick Cash, General Secretary of the RMT trade union, said ‘this is devastating news brought on through a combination of cut-throat practices in the UK rail freight industry and a shocking lack of government support for this key section of our transport infrastructure.’ He said RMT’s executive would be meeting to consider its response, but ‘it is imperative right now that the government intervene to save skilled jobs in the rail freight industry which are being butchered before our eyes due to a lack of action to protect steel, coal and the rest of our manufacturing base.’Mick Whelan, General Secretary of train drivers’ union ASLEF, said the redundancies, including 391 drivers, were ‘an individual tragedy for each man and woman who loses a job and a collective tragedy for our rail industry.’ He claimed the company ‘has been extraordinarily slow to adapt to changing conditions’, while ‘the government took the decisions that paved the way for the work to disappear and so it, too, must shoulder some of the blame.’
Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Related TopicsfeaturedIndiansMLBRoyalsRyan O’HearnShane Bieber CLEVELAND – The Indians wasted a four-run rally in the ninth inning Sunday as a bullpen that has had some rough outings as of late was not very good on Sunday in a 9-8 loss to the Kansas City Royals in 10 innings.Nick Goody gave up a solo homer to lead off the 10th to Royals 1B Ryan O’Hearn, his second homer of the day after he entered the game hitting just .165 with seven homers. The loss combined with the Twins win over the Tigers puts the Tribe back to 3.5 games back in the American League Central. The Indians will have Monday off before they start a three-game set in Detroit on Tuesday.Shane Bieber got the start for the Indians, and he had tough first three innings allowing three runs on six hits, but settled in and retired the last 13 batters he faced.The setback puts the Indians back to 21 games over .500, dropping them to 76-55 on the year. Here’s three insights on the Sunday setback at Progressive Field:1. Pen ProblemsThe Indians and Royals were knotted up at three apiece when Shane Bieber left the game after seven innings, and from there it was a struggle as the bullpen just didn’t throw the ball well.It started with Nick Wittgren, who two batters in allowed a two-run homer to Jorge Soler to make it a 5-3 game. Phil Maton was even worse, giving up two runs, walking three batters, throwing a wild pitch and recording just one out. Maton is sporting a 7.58 ERA.Next up was Hunter Wood, who gave up a rocket shot double to Nicky Lopez that scored a pair (that were credited to Maton) to make it an 8-3 affair.After the Indians rallied to tie it with the homers in the 9th by Francisco Lindor and Franmil Reyes, it took one batter for Nick Goody to give it back and lose the game.The at-bat was by Ryan O’Hearn, who slammed his second homer of the day, a 365-foot shot just over the wall in right to make it a 9-8 game.The line on the pen – three innings, six runs (four earned), three hits, four walks, five K’s and two homers. 2. Life Without JoseIf the Indians are going to make the postseason, they are going to have to do it minus the services of Jose Ramirez, who has a fracture in his hand. Ramirez is going to have surgery on Monday in New York, and likely won’t be back till next season.With JRam out, the team is going to go with an extended audition to youngster Yu Chang and veteran Mike Freeman.Chang got the call-up and start on Sunday, and while the offense was scuffling early, he was a bright spot, drawing a walk and scoring in the third, hitting a single in the fourth, and then in the 7th he led off the inning with a triple and scored to tie the game at three.Freeman got an at-bat late, and likely it’s going to be a back and forth between he and Chang for playing time in the Indians lineup.The team will miss Ramirez, as he was hitting .327 in the second half.3. Bieber’s Start and FinishShane Bieber scuffled early, allowing the bases to be loaded in the first but working out of it, and then allowing two runs in the second and a run on O’Hearn’s first homer of the day in the third.The Tribe pitcher said he was more aggressive on the mound after that, and even got a little frustrated, as he was able to retire the final 13 batters he faced.In that time frame he also struck out seven batters, and didn’t allow a walk.On the day Bieber went seven innings, allowing three runs, two earned on six hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. He threw a total of 111 pitches, 75 of which were strikes. Bieber will be back on the mound Saturday for the Indians when they play in Tampa against the Rays. Matt Loede
The five-year-old winner delivered French trainer Fabre his first success in the €5 million ($5.49 million) showpiece since Rail Link in 2006.“I’m very proud that Waldgeist managed to beat such a fantastic mare and it’s well deserved in some ways, so I’m delighted,” Fabre, who claimed his first Arc in 1987 with Trempolino, told ITV.“(I thought he would win) when he passed Enable. The Arc is always a big race because you have a combination of the best mares, best colts. It’s a great race.”It was a first win in the race for French jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot.“I’m really happy to win my first Arc, it’s the horse of my life,” said Boudot. “I respect Enable because we denied the champion a third coronation. I can die now.”Sottsass finished third for 27-year-old rider Cristian Demuro and trainer Jean-Claude Rouget at 8-1.It was only the second defeat from 15 races for Enable, but Gosden would not say whether the five-year-old mare would run again, insisting the decision would be made by owner, Saudi prince Khalid Abdullah. PARIS – Waldgeist denied Enable a historic third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe victory on Sunday in a thrilling duel at Paris Longchamp, giving French trainer Andre Fabre his eighth win in the race.John Gosden’s odds-on favourite Enable, ridden by Frankie Dettori, looked set to become the first horse to win the Arc three times in the 98th edition when she pulled clear in the final straight, but was pipped on the line by 16-1 shot Waldgeist. KEYWORDS French jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot celebrates his victory after winning on Waldgeist during the 2019 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe flat race in Paris on Sunday. | AFP-JIJI IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RELATED PHOTOS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Waldgeist, Enable